1 Then the Lord said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from My presence! Let them go!
2 And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says:
“‘Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword;
those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.’
3 “I will send four kinds of destroyers against them,” declares the Lord, “the sword to kill
and the dogs to drag away and the birds and the wild animals to devour and destroy.
4 I will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh
son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem.
Today we learn a bit about God’s heart when He is furious. This is something, expressing His fury, that seldom happens because
The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Exodus 34:6
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
With this in mind imagine how Manasseh must have sinned and continued to sin in rebellion against God. We can see some of the result of what Manasseh did here
10 This is what the Lord says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet.
So the Lord does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.”
But what did Manasseh do to lead the people of Judah/Jerusalem astray
2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them.
4 He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name…”
6 He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger. 2 Kings 21
Worshipping Baal, resulting in child sacrifice where Manasseh sacrificed his own son and of course others followed the example of their king. It is no wonder the Lord ‘s heart was full of anger, even though slow to anger. However, it all began with the people wandering from worshipping the Lord and once that error is made any sin becomes possible.
It is best to keep our eyes on Jesus and the prize, eternal life, we look forward to by accepting the free Gift of Grace He provides. If and when we take our eyes off Jesus any sin becomes possible and justifiable. How bad can it get? Well we have an example here and also in Romans 1:24-31. So again it is best to keep our eyes on Jesus, knowing we have been forgiven, and looking forward to eternity with Him.
It’s Monday and I hope you have a Great Week. Enjoy the fourth of July, but keep in mind the wonderful gift of salvation that is better than any fireworks.